April 6th, 2014
04:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Jeb Bush: Immigration is 'not a felony' but 'an act of love'

(CNN) - Jeb Bush said the debate over immigration reform needs to move past derisive rhetoric describing illegal immigrants.

The former Florida governor said in an interview Sunday in College Station, Texas, that people who come to the United States illegally are often looking for opportunities to provide for their families that are not available in their home countries.

"Yes, they broke the law, but it's not a felony. It's an act of love, it's an act of commitment to your family," Bush told Fox News host Shannon Bream at town hall event at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

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Filed under: 2016 • Immigration • Jeb Bush • Republican Party
April 6th, 2014
03:58 PM ET
4 months ago

Sunday Chatter: Fort Hood, damning CIA report, campaign finance and Obamacare

The Sunday political talk shows covered all the top political news of the week, ranging from the deadly shooting at Fort Hood, to a report about interrogation methods at the CIA, to the Affordable Care Act.

If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:

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Filed under: Campaign finance • CIA • Fort Hood • Obamacare • Uncategorized
April 6th, 2014
01:19 PM ET
4 months ago

White House has talked with Samsung about Obama-Ortiz selfie

(CNN) – Samsung's reported selfie marketing stunt last week got the company into a bit of trouble with the White House.

Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said on CBS’s "Face the Nation" that the White House counsel's office has had "conversations" with Samsung, after Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz took a picture of himself and President Barack Obama during a visit to the White House by the 2013 World Series winners.

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Filed under: White House
Rand Paul considering expanded whistleblower laws for contractors
April 6th, 2014
01:10 PM ET
4 months ago

Rand Paul considering expanded whistleblower laws for contractors

Orlando, Florida (CNN) – Speaking to a libertarian-leaning audience Sunday about ex-contractor Edward Snowden, Sen. Rand Paul said he’s thinking about ways to "expand the whistleblower statute to government contractors."

“We’ve got so many millions of government contractors that when they see something wrong, they should be able to report it without repercussions,” he said in a live video appearance to a Florida conference hosted by the Campaign for Liberty.

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Filed under: Edward Snowden • Florida • NSA • Rand Paul • Ron Paul
April 6th, 2014
12:27 PM ET
4 months ago

Lawmakers agree military base security must be reviewed

(CNN) - Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed Sunday that everything from security procedures to budget cuts must be reviewed in light of last week’s shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, which left four dead and 16 wounded.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said he’d like to have more military police on bases but doesn’t see how that’s possible with budget cuts like sequestration.

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Filed under: Fort Hood • Mike McCaul • Tim Kaine
White House to stress equal pay in policy, political push
April 6th, 2014
11:57 AM ET
4 months ago

White House to stress equal pay in policy, political push

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will go back to the first law he signed as president on Tuesday, addressing equal pay with two new executive actions that satisfy both policy and political priorities within the White House.

According to a White House official, Obama's executive actions will focus on "pay secrecy," the idea that women who are paid less than their male counterparts may not know it because they don't know what other employees are making.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
April 6th, 2014
11:50 AM ET
4 months ago

Former mentor might not back a Christie presidential run

(CNN) – Chris Christie may not have the blessing of his longtime mentor should he decide to run for president in 2016.

Tom Kean, former Republican governor and a staple in New Jersey politics, told author Ryan Lizza he's not sure he'd back Christie if he decides to jump into the 2016 race - a dramatic statement coming from the man who helped Christie get his start in politics.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Inside Politics • New Jersey
Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial
April 6th, 2014
11:23 AM ET
4 months ago

Obamas to attend Fort Hood memorial

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend Wednesday's memorial service for the victims of last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, a top White House official announced.

Obama vowed after the shootings that "We're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened" at Fort Hood, where three soldiers were killed and 16 wounded Wednesday afternoon by a soldier who then took his own life. Investigators have identified the killer as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old Iraq war veteran with a history of depression and anxiety.

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Filed under: President Obama
April 6th, 2014
11:10 AM ET
4 months ago

Pelosi: Cheney is ‘proud’ of Bush-era CIA that misled public

(CNN) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said former Vice President Dick Cheney "set a tone and attitude for the CIA" that allowed for the controversial techniques used by the agency in the Bush-era detention and interrogation program.

Her comments follow a Senate Intelligence Committee vote last week to release key parts of a report that concludes the CIA misled the government and public about aspects of the agency’s practices in the post-9/11 program.

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Filed under: CIA • Dick Cheney • Mike Rogers • Nancy Pelosi • TV-State of the Union
April 6th, 2014
09:01 AM ET
4 months ago

The 'Inside Politics' forecast: Recruiting Sink to run again

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

1. RECRUITING SINK TO RUN AGAIN: Alex Sink is suddenly back in vogue as Democrats look to try again in a Florida House district they lost in a special election last month.

Sink was their candidate then, and a lot of Democrats blamed a subpar campaign on her narrow loss. But Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leaders remain convinced she is their best candidate in November.

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Filed under: Alex Sink • Chris Christie • Florida • Inside Politics • Susan Collins